Welcome to Meet the Working Mum Interview. Today we meet Francesca. Francesca works in a office as well as studying party time. She also blog over at From Pennies to Pounds
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An intro and a little bit about you, your family and where you live.
I’m Francesca and I blog over at From Pennies to Pounds – a personal finance blog, all about money! I am from Bristol, in England, and I currently live in a lovely little house with my 5 year old daughter.
What do you do for a job? Is it what you have always wanted to do?
I have a part time job in an office, where I am the admin for a large cleaning company (our client is the NHS). It’s definitely not a career that I am after, but I am studying at Uni part time for the job that I really want (I am studying Criminology). The more that I blog though…the more I want to make blogging my full time job!
What was your motivation to return to work?
I worked from home in the evenings for 4 years since my daughter was one, but it felt quite isolating. When she started school, I knew that I wanted to find a part time job where I could meet people and not feel so lonely! I also wanted to make some more money as I had some debt to pay off.
How many hours do you work a week?
I work 15 hours per week in my office job. I work way more than that on the blog though! 🙂
Do you have to travel far from where you live to where you work?
It’s about 10 minutes drive from where I live. I was very stubborn about finding a job which was close to home, and also one which was during school time only. These jobs are like gold dust, so I was very lucky!
What do you do for childcare? Does this work for you?
Before my daughter started school she was at nursery with the free childcare hours, but I worked in the evening for the purpose of not paying for childcare. Now that she is at school I work during school hours only – I do 9 am – 2 pm in the office, so I’m able to drop her off and pick her up from school every day. No childcare needed!
What does your morning routine look like? What do you do to get you all out of the house on time?
I’m a pretty organised person so it’s not too big of a rush, apart from the fact that my daughter is a big sleeper and never wants to get out of bed! It’s like having a teenager! I make sure the night before that her uniform is ready, shoes are ready. For me, I lay my outfit out the night before and I take mascara with me in my bag to apply once I get to work. I pack my lunch either in the morning whilst she is eating breakfast or I make it the night before.
What do you like about being a working mum?
I like the social side of it – I’m lucky in that the people in the office are a lot of fun – it’s very laid back and I laugh every day there. I also like the extra money! I love showing my daughter that hard work pays off, and I try to lead by example.
What don’t you like about being a working mum?
How exhausting it is. From the moment I get up, to the moment I go to bed, it’s all guns blazing. I never get time to relax, but it’s 100% worth it for me.
What would you change? Hours you work, commute you have to make etc.
I would like to make a big, consistent income from my blog so that I don’t have to work in the office anymore. I do love my colleagues, but I love working from home in my pyjamas and being my own boss more!
What three tips would you pass onto a mum about to start back at work?
Make sure that it’s close to where you live
Try and find somewhere which is flexible with hours
Suss out what the office atmosphere/colleagues are like. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them, and it makes a difference having amazing co-workers!
For fun show us a picture of your work handbag.
Thank you so much for taking part in the Meet the Mum interview series Francesca. I totally agree with you about finding a job that is close to home and in school hours, they are gold dust.
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